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Boys track and field: Tigers finally get outdoors

Farmington's Mason Auge (center) runs to a personal-best time of 11.69 seconds in the 100-meter dash at last week's meet in Rosemount.

At this point, the Farmington boys track team will take an opportunity to compete any way it can get it.

The Tigers, who had their first three outdoor meets postponed, finally got the chance to run outside last Tuesday when they joined Rosemount, the Mounds View JV and the Eden Prairie JV for several exhibition events during the Irish Girls Invitational in Rosemount. Snow still covered the infield and the area around the outside of Irish Stadium, but temperatures in the mid-40s were just enough to briefly clear the track.

"For the boys it was not an official scored meet, but we came out of it with official times, distances and we got our spikes on the track," Farmington coach Brian Helmstetter said. "The boys ran awesome considering the weather, but to them and the rest of Minnesota, mentally it was an 80-degree day."

Several sprinters emerged with fast times for the Tigers. Mason Auge ran a personal-best time of 11.69 seconds in the 100, Tanner Grubb and Tommy Weigel were in the 23-second range in the 200 and Auge, Alex Chadwick and Ryan Parco were close behind in the low 24s.

"With Jack Erickson having surgery, we need some sprinters to step up quickly," Helmstetter said. "Erickson out hurts our team, but these guys are competing and someone else will step up."

Weigel and Grubb continued to find success as part of the 4x400 relay where they joined Tyler Lerbakken and Justin Hyytinen for a time of 3:31. The Tigers also found some depth in the relay where 14 of their 24 runners broke 56 seconds.

Lerbakken also led the Tigers in the 800 with a 2:03 clocking. Jared Wolt was right behind with a 2:04 and Devon Webb ran a freshman team record of 2:06.56.

Hyytinen added a personal-best time of 4:33 in the 1,600 and Alex Hart broke the 5-minute barrier for the first time with a 4:59.

Mike Husnik and Tanner Thode each broke 40 feet in the shot put. Mac Bassett added a team-best long jump of 18-11.

The Tigers were scheduled to compete again Tuesday at Eagan. Another meet is set for tomorrow night at Hamline University.